Heather Brady, wtop.com
WASHINGTON - Many people couldn't wait for the event dubbed "The Rumble in the Air- Conditioned Auditorium," the debate Saturday night in George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium between John Stewart and Bill O'Reilly.
But for those who weren't physically there, watching the debate has become difficult. The debate's website has crashed for many people despite the $4.95 pay- per-view cost they incurred to watch it online. Refunds are now being offered to anyone who couldn't watch the debate live and no longer wish to watch it. The site says refund information will be available "early next week."
The mock presidential debate was sold out as the two men prepared to go head-to-head for the first time.
When the website crashed, people took to Twitter to both vent about it and follow the #Rumble2012 hashtag for updates from the debate:
"Right now Bill's audience is calling my audience to ask how to download this" -Jon Stewart #rumble2012— Spencer Cammarano (@hencespence) October 7, 2012
Is #Rumble2012 not working for anyone else? When I click access, the cursor just spins & spins. Maybe server overload?— Heather Frood (@hjh007) October 7, 2012
NO ONE CAN WATCH #rumble2012 because the web company responsible for it is nox solutions, which runs bill o'reilly's website.— abentler (@abentler) October 7, 2012
#rumble2012 website is pathetic. IT dept should be fired for horrendous prep and performance— mike08201 (@mike08201) October 7, 2012
Sometimes the #Rumble2012 debate has tech problems and turns their voices into chipmunks. I'm not necessarily unhappy about this.— Elissa Vallano (@ElissaVallano) October 7, 2012
The #rumble2012 is on! We got it working! We'll be showing the remaining hour right where you were when you left!— The Coughy Haus (@CoughyHaus) October 7, 2012
Follow WTOP on Twitter.
(Copyright 2012 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)